Our Lady’s Meadow Primary School in Durrow did a ‘Walk on Wednesday’ with a twist recently to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
On Wednesday March 12, pupils, parents and staff alike dressed head to toe in the tricolours of green, white and gold and walked to school to save energy.
Walk on Wednesdays is a successful initiative undertaken by the school as part of their latest Green Schools Travel Theme.
Pupils and teachers can walk to school, park ‘n’ stride or carpool to help lead to a more sustainable environment.
Our Lady’s Meadow have already received four prestigious awards as part of the Green Schools Programme.
They have been awarded for Litter and Waste, Energy, Water Conservation, and Travel.
These awards emphasise the dedicated work of the pupils and staff over the past number of years, and indeed the wider community of Durrow, in acknowledging important environmental issues such as the need to reduce litter and waste, save energy, conserve water and use more sustainable means of travel.
All pupils made a fantastic effort in walking to school and wearing green. It was clear that the parents too made a huge effort in helping to organise and make some of the outfits.
The St Patricks Day themed Walk on Wednesday proved very successful, with all classes receiving well over 90 per cent and some classes receiving full marks.
The class who are the most sustainable receive ‘The Golden Boot’, which is proudly displayed in their classroom for the week.
This day was even more special as leading geologist and environmentalist Michèle Castiaux visited the school and the pupils participated in ‘Green’ workshops.
Our Lady’s Meadow has a very dedicated Green Committee consisting of twenty pupils. The committee includes composters, light monitors, leaky tap detectives, an Energy Squad and litter pickers.